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Welfare and the well-being of children

Author: Janet M Currie; Finis Welch
Publisher: Chur, Switzerland : Harwood Academic, ©1995.
Series: Fundamentals of pure and applied economics., Labour economics section ;, v. 59.
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An analysis of eight of the largest US welfare programmes affecting children. These programmes include Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the Food Stamp Program. Medicaid, housing assistance, supplemental feeding programmes such as WIC and School Lunch, Head Start and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Despite the fact that these programmes were designed to serve children, most discussion of welfare reforms focuses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janet M Currie; Finis Welch
ISBN: 9780203987575 0203987578
OCLC Number: 826516721
Description: 1 online resource (x, 176 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Book Cover; Half-Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction to the Series; Welfare and the Well-Being of Children ; INTRODUCTION; Part 1: An Overview of Methods, Measures and Programs; 1. METHODS FOR EVALUATING WELFARE PROGRAMS; A. Experiments; B. Instrumental Variables, 'Natural Experiments', and Selection Corrections; C. Fixed Effects and Random Effects Models; D. Summary; 2. MEASURES OF CHILD WELL-BEING; A. Measures of Health Status; (i) Mortality; ii) Birthweight; iii) Anthropometrics and Nutritional Status; iv) Illnesses; v) Preventive Care; vi) Activity Limitations. B. Test Scores and Scholastic AchievementC. Long-Run Measures of Social Competency; D. Other Measures; 3. THE PROGRAMS; A. An Overview of Spending on Programs that Benefit Children. 12; i) AFDC; ii) The Food Stamp Program; iii) Medicaid and Child Health; iv) Housing Assistance; v) School Lunch, WIC, and Other Child Nutrition Programs19; vi) Head Start; vii) Tax Credits; viii) Interactions Between the Programs; B. Trends in Caseloads and Expenditures; C. Do Welfare Programs Raise Children out of Poverty?; i) Definition of Poverty; II) The Anti-Poverty Effectiveness of Welfare Programs. D. Spending on Children Compared to Spending on the ElderlyE. Summary; Part 2: Evaluation of Individual Programs; 4. AFDC; A. Effects of AFDC on Young Children; B. Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty and Welfare Dependency; i) Is Poverty Transmitted from One Generation to the Next?; II) Intergenerational Transmission of AFDC Participation; C. AFDC Effects on Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing; D. Summary; 5. MEDICAID; A. Insurance Coverage and Utilization of Care; i) The Effects of Medicaid; ii) Explaining Racial Differences In Patterns of Utilization. Iii) The Effects of Medicaid ExpansionsB. The Link Between Utilization of Medical Care and Child Health; C. Summary; 6. THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM; A. Effects on Nutrition; i) Nutrient Availability; ii) Individual Nutrient Intakes; iii) Reconciling Studies of Household Nutrient Availability with Studies of Individual Intakes; B. Effects on Food Expenditures; i) Marginal Propensities to Consume Out of FSP and Cash Income; II) Evidence from Food Stamp 'Cashouts'; C. Summary; 7. WIC AND SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS; A. WIC; i) Effects on Infant Health and Medicaid Costs; ii) WIC and Nutrition. Iii) WIC Effects on Later Cognitive DevelopmentB. School Nutrition Programs.; i) Effects on Nutrition; ii) Effects on Cognitive Achievement; iii) Participation and Family Food Expenditures; C. Other Child Nutrition Programs; D. Summary; 8. HEAD START; A. Short-term Effects of Head Start; B. Longer-term Effects of Head Start; i) Evidence from Model Preschool Programs; ii) Effects on Vocabulary; iii) Effects on Schooling Attainment; C. Discussion; i) Biases in Estimates Based on Sibling Differences; ii) Differences by Race and Ethnicity; D. Summary; 9. HOUSING ASSISTANCE.
Series Title: Fundamentals of pure and applied economics., Labour economics section ;, v. 59.
Responsibility: Janet M. Currie ; a volume in the Labour economics section edited by Finis Welch.

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An analysis of eight of the largest US welfare programmes affecting children. These programmes include Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the Food Stamp Program. Medicaid, housing assistance, supplemental feeding programmes such as WIC and School Lunch, Head Start and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Despite the fact that these programmes were designed to serve children, most discussion of welfare reforms focuses on the incentives that the welfare system creates for parents. This analysis represents an evaluation of the evidence regarding the effects of welfare programmes on the children th.

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